One of The Oldest, Top Commanders of HM Killed in Handwara Encounter” Says IGP-Kashmir

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Srinagar 07 July : A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit was killed in an Handwara encounter, which IGP-K Vijay Kumar termed as a big success. 

Police on Wednesday morning said that the slain militant of HM outfit was one of the oldest militants who has been killed in the Handwara encounter and said that Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Vijay Kumar has termed the killing of the militant as a big success.

In a statement officials said that Handwara Police along with SSB during routine Naka checking regarding enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour at Watyen Handwara had stopped number of vehicles which were being checked.

During checking, one pedestrian was behaving in a very suspicious manner, who was tactfully apprehended by the joint Naka party. During his personal search one grenade was recovered from his possession. Accordingly, he was immediately shifted to the nearest police post for questioning. During questioning, he identified himself as Mehraj-ud-din Halwai @Ubaid Son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Khushal Mattoo Sopore, an active militant commander of proscribed militant outfit HM.

During further questioning, on his disclosure multiple CASOs were launched by Handwara Police, Army, CRPF and SSB in which at village area Pazipora Renan Kralgund Handwara, when CASO was started, the said

militant tried to pinpoint the location where he has kept his arms and ammunition. Upon reaching the disclosed hideout location, the said militant picked up his hidden AK-47 rifle and started firing indiscriminately upon the joint search party which led to an encounter. In the ensuing fire-fight the said militant was killed. Incriminating material, arms & ammunition including one Ak-47, 04 Magazines, Power bank, blanket, medicines, etc were recovered from the said hideout (encounter site). As per police records, the said militant was a categorized A++ militant and was group commander of proscribed terror outfit HM. He was active since 2012 and was involved in several killings in north Kashmir. He had a long terror crime history including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities. He was part of a group involved in various terror crimes and several cases were registered against him.

Officials said that he was involved in killing of SPO Mudasir Ahmad Dar of Untoo Hamam Sopore on 28-07-2013, attack on Sarpanch Khazir Mohd Parray of Krankshivan on 26-07-2013, killing of Sarpanch Habib Ullah Mir of Goripora Bomai, attack on Panch Mst Zoona Begum of Hardshiva Sopore, attack on police party at Hygam Sopore along with his associates on 26-04-2013, in which 04 policemen got killed besides, decamped with three weapons of the killed policemen, killing of Hurriyat activists Sheikh Altaf-ur-Rehman of Iqbal Nagar Sopore & Khursheed Ahamd Bhat of Bomai Sopore, killing of ex-militants Mehraj-ud-Din Dar of Badambagh Sopore & Aijaz Ahmad Reshi of Mundji Sopore. Besides, he was involved in attacks on various establishments including the attack on Hotel Heemal Srinagar. “The killed militant was well acquainted with modern means of communication by which he would communicate with other terrorists and plan & execute different militant activities on ground. He was instrumental in motivating and recruitment of youth into militant ranks besides raising funds for promotion of militant activities,” said the official. In this connection police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. (KNB)

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